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The Chase confirms Alistair Sim departure

Former Love managing director Alistair Sim has left The Chase after a little over a year at the Manchester design agency.

Sim's arrival at The Chase in May last year marked his return to the industry after a six month hiatus following his parting of ways with Love.

At the time his role at The Chase was loosely described as a board position with responsibility for setting up The Chase's digital offer and was said to include some business development duties.

The Chase's boss Ben Casey said upon Sim's arrival that he possessed the "credentials to help take the business forward in the coming years".

But in a statement today The Chase said "after an agreed twelve month period working in a consultancy role" Sim had left the agency last week.

When asked by The Drum a spokesperson said Sim was not on the agency's board.

They instead indicated he had left "to pursue other business interests" because his work at the agency was done.

According to the spokesperson: "His remit from founder Ben Casey was to create a digital offer for The Chase and embed systems and processes to allow their design and creativity to be transferred seamlessly online. That work has been completed."

Casey himself elaborated: "This role was always in a consultancy capacity as Alistair had other business ideas he wished to pursue when we got together.

"The work he was brought in to do has reached a natural conclusion and Alistair is now going reignite his earlier aspirations.

"I value his input to our business over recent months and continue to value his friendship outside work.”

Sim said he had "thoroughly enjoyed working with Ben, the team at The Chase and the wider Hasgrove Group".

original and best creative agency," Sim added.

Earlier this year The Chase "restructured its management team" with the appointments of Richard Scholey and Carl Leek. It now has 47 staff across offices in Manchester, Preston and London.